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Tape lace is made of one or more tapes which twist and turn to make the pattern. There may be nothing more. However, the turns of the tape often leave gaps inside, and it is common to fill these.
There are two types of fillings:
(a) The pairs to make the filling come from the tape itself, and after making the filling, return to the tape.
(b) The tape is worked first. Then pairs are threaded through the existing tape (possibly using a needle before winding the bobbin, possibly a crochet hook) to start the filling. When the filling has filled the gap that the tape left, then the pairs are joined to the tape again in the right place, either using a crochet hook, or unwinding one bobbin and using a needle), knotted, then the ends cut off.
The second method means that these pairs must be started and finished for each filling, and the knotting will introduce a weakness in the lace. However, it means that the tapes always stay the same width, and you have complete freedom to make the filling as complicated as you wish, using as many bobbins as you wish.
The first method means that you can start the filling bobbins and the tape bobbins together, at the start of the lace, and end them at the end of the lace, and there is no weakness in the middle, as there are no knots there. However, the tape will vary in width, and there is a limit to how many pairs can be taken out of the tape or returned back into it.
Pattern 313 uses the second method, with a variety of simple fillings. There are two different tapes on each side of the filling, and two pairs are taken from each tape, making four pairs for the filling. Here are the simple fillings used in that pattern:
The pairs from each side are worked in a plait. They are joined in the middle with a lazy join, then carry on as plaits until they meet the tape again.
The pairs from each side are worked as plaits. Half way through the plait to the centre, each pair from the plait is worked in a picot, one each side of the plait. They are joined in the middle with a lazy join, then carry on as plaits (plus picots) until they meet the tape again.
The pairs from each side are worked as tallies. They are joined in the middle with a lazy join, then carry on as tallies until they meet the tape again. If the tallies are shaped as petals, the effect looks like a flower.
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